Sunday, January 20, 2008

Day 20/90: Leviticus 6-10, Psalms 72-77, Luke 10-12

Big day at church this morning - we had a great turn-out. God is really stretching us as we grow...challenging us to walk closely to Him and stay very dependent on Him.
Key Points from today's reading:
  • Leviticus 8 tells of the amazing preparation that went into the priests going before the Lord, again because the book emphasizes the holiness of God and the sinfulness of His people. It was a general reminder to me to speak less and stand more in awe of who God is (see Ecclesiastes 5 for more on this).
  • The phrase "and they did everything the Lord commanded them to do" is repeated regularly in Leviticus to show the care that Moses and Aaron and the priests took in implementing God's commandments. A great reminder that reverence to God (awe and fear of Him) always leads to full, complete, and immediate obedience.
  • The message of the sacrificial system (besides pointing toward the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ): God is unbelievably holy and set-apart from us, and sin always leads to death. This death is pictured in the destruction of these animals, but also powerfully displayed in chapter 10 when God takes out two of Aaron's sons for mistreating the altar. Wow -
  • Interesting combination of emotions in Leviticus 9:24 - after the people saw the glory of the Lord come down, they shouted in joy and fell face down. My encounters with God have left similar emotions in my heart - a great excitement and joy from connecting with God and yet a great trembling knowing that you stand in the presence of the Almighty.
  • Psalm 72 - another messianic psalm talking about the great king who is to come, the Son of the Most High, who will reign forever and will bless all the nations - all Scripture points to Jesus, from Leviticus to Psalms. Might be a fun sermon series to do some time to show how every book of the Bible is ultimately about Jesus.
  • The psalms are hard to read quickly because they contain so much imagery that requires you to stop and think before you can understand its meaning. However, one of the repeating themes I'm getting from the psalms is their desire for God to bring justice on the earth. They look longingly toward that future date when all injustice will end, the poor and hungry will be well-fed, and God's perfect desires will be fulfilled on earth as they are in heaven.
  • Mary & Martha's story at the end of Luke 10 reinforces the point I made this morning in my sermon about saying "no" to good things in order to say "yes" to the best things; I still have much work to do in this area of my life.
  • So challenged by Jesus to increase my prayer life: "keep asking and seeking and knocking."
  • Quote of the day: Jesus in Luke 11:28: "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey."
  • When you read the gospels, you can't help but be captivated by the fact that Jesus' harshest words are left for those who are self-righteous and legalistic, two qualities that I believe kill the spiritual life. God, I hope I don't have them.
  • Jesus' parable in Luke 12:13-21 seems like he wrote it for our culture today - lots of passionate pursuit of wealth, but very little passionate pursuit for God.


1 comment:

bryanw said...

my thoughts may be a little off as mine encompass Monday as well..

Jan 18...God provides all we need and then some. Lots of our praise songs come from this area of Psalms. Jesus changes us from living in the Old Law to living with Him as our Saviour.

Jan 19...I see the path set forth for the penalty of sin...something blameless/pure must die (Thank God for Jesus!), I was also reminded that I am to give my best when I give to God...not my leftovers. I was struck by the psalmist view and desires for future generations, a global view of God, not just their own little corner of Earth. Jesus showing me what Christ centered life should look like.

Jan 20-21 (I had to do cath up on Monday) When we sin it is not only against someone but also against God...both must be repayed. A reminder of just how unclean we are and undeserving of being in God's presence. Lev 13:40 however is a great verse for those challenged with no hair!!!. God appears to be renewing our spirits when we sleep...unclean until evening runs through this section.

Psalms 78:39 an amazing reminder that as humans our world is nothing more then "a passing breeze" God wants to care/provide for us but we are often to stubborn to accept it.

Luke 10:42 nothing should supersede interaction with God.
Human death is nothing to fear, God controlls your eternity, this is whom I should fear...for those saved, Jesus makes the plea to God for us, he is the only one that can!